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Continued: Costs rise as dispute stalls Southwest Corridor light-rail line

  • Article by: PAT DOYLE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 23, 2014 - 12:09 AM

At the CTIB meeting last week, Anoka County Commissioner Matt Look asked what happens if there’s no agreement. “Is there an override function of the Met Council?”

Met Council transit developer Mark Fuhrmann said if a city repeatedly rejected a plan after adjustments were made, “the council by statute does have authority then to consider what it wants to do. Does it want to continue that cycle … or if it wants to move ahead.”

He said overriding a city would be “an option for advancing the project.”

The agency has never pushed a light-rail project forward over the dissent of a city.

Met Council Chairwoman Susan Haigh has said she wants the consent of the cities but hasn’t said whether the agency would move ahead without it.

 

Pat Doyle • 612-673-4504

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